The participants are expected to arrive at the venue on 27th August 2015 evening, 5 pm onwards. The evening will begin with an informal ice breaking session and will provide an opportunity for participants to get to know each other.

Day 0 - Thursday 27th August 2015



5:00 PM onwards

Check-in at Venue (ECC, Whitefield)

7:00-8:00 PM


8:00 PM


Day 1 - Friday 28th August 2015



9:00 AM


9:30 – 10:10 AM

“Identity and Transformation”

Keynote Address by Dr Shekhar Seshadri

10:10 – 10:30 AM

Announcements and Logistics

KeyIntroduction to the Venue by the ECC Staff

10:30 – 11:00 AM

Coffee/Tea Break

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Panel Discussion

Who is our Client? - Client Identity and Culture

Moderator – Dr Kiran Rao

Panelists – Dr Shubhada Maitra, Dr Neena David, Dr Ashwani Kumar, Sharada B N, Dr Vidya Sathyanarayanan

1:00 – 2:00 PM


2:00 – 4:00 PM

6 Concurrent Workshops

(Participants sign up in advance to attend ONE of the following workshops)

  1. Dr. Elspeth Schwenk, “Being a Supervisee – Do you get what you need? Do you need what you get?
  2. Ketki Ranade, “Gay Affirmative Counselling Practice”
  3. Dr. Rathna Isaac, “How May I Help You? -Generating Goals In Couple Therapy”
  4. Tripura Kashyap, “Creative Movement Therapy for Children”
  5. Dr. Avinash De Sousa, “Online Psychotherapy And Counselling – Issues For India”
  6. Katia Verreault, “The use of Dance/Movement Therapy: a non-verbal modality for the treatment of traumatized populations”

4:00 – 4:30 PM

Coffee/Tea Break

4:30 –6:00 PM

Panel Discussion

Topic - Counsellor Development and Identity

Moderator – Dr Kakli Gupta

Panelists – Dr Tony Sam George, Dr Poornima Bhola, Dr Gayitri Bhatt, Ms. Bulbul Baksi , Dr Bhupendra Choudary

6:30 – 8:00 PM

Play Back Theatre Performance
by Yours Truly Theatre

8:00 – 9:00 PM


Day 2 - Saturday 29th August 2015



6:00 – 7:00 AM

Yoga under the Trees

8:00 – 8:30 AM


9:00 – 11:00 AM

6 Concurrent Workshops

(Participants sign up in advance to attend ONE of the following workshops)

  1. Dr. Shubhada Maitra, “Why should the Feminist Lens Matter to Counsellors in India”
  2. Mimansa Popat, “An Introduction to Integral Somatic Psychotherapy “
  3. Dr. Shaibya Saldanha, “Approaching The Topic Of Sexuality With Clients- The Counsellor’s Concerns”
  4. Malika Verma, “Introduction to Psychoanalytic Concepts in Clinical Practice”
  5. Phyllis Benjamin PhD & Delta Shuman, “Mindfulness: The Wellness Zone”
  6. B.N.Sharada & Manju Sapru, “Use of Media in Counselling Adults”

11:00 – 11:30 AM

Coffee/Tea Break

11:30 – 1:00 PM

Participants can attend either ONE of the workshops below or the Panel Discussion

3 Concurrent Workshops

  1. Preetha Ramasubramanian, “The Embodied Counsellor- Accessing Insights Through Our Bodies”
  2. Evan Hastings, “Creative Containment of Violent Projections”
  3. Dr Benedicta Leonilla Ageira, “Inner Awareness: A Tool for Self-Healing”

Panel Discussion

Bridges across Professions: Counselling as a common denominator

Moderator –
Dr Rathna Isaac

Panelists –
Dr Mohan Sunil Kumar
Laila Ollapally
Nina Nayak
Dr Nagesh Simha

1:00 – 2:00 PM


2:00 – 3:30 PM

Panel Discussion

Topic - Ethics and Guidelines for Good Practice

Moderator – Dr Kiran Rao

Panelists – Dr Elspeth Schwenk, Dr Poornima Bhola, Aparna Joshi, Sangeeta Rege

3:30 – 4:00 PM

Coffee/Tea Break

4:00 – 4:40 PM

“Counselling, Counsellor and Client - The Way Forward”

Plenary Talk by Dr Vijay Nagaswami

4:40 – 5:00 PM


Note: Please refer to Workshop Synopsis for details regarding workshops.


August 28 & 29, 2015
(Friday and Saturday)


Ecumenical Christian Centre
Bangalore 560 066

Directions to Venue New

Conference Presenters Updated

Workshop Synopsis New

Conference Schedule Updated


Call for posters Closed

Call for workshops Closed

For more information email


Parivarthan Counselling, Training and Research Centre
1st Floor, #3310, 8th Cross,
13th Main, HAL 2nd Stage,
Bangalore 560 008.
Tel: 91 80 25273462 / 25298686